This is a very interesting and different CD, the instruments on it are cello, drums, percussion, and voice, and yet it sounds so much bigger and denser than one would think it would be. Kristen Miller, who does the singing and plays the cello, wrote all but two of the ten songs, a wonderful cover that reveals new depths to Annie Lennox's Sweet Dreams, and an delicious version of Brian King's Deep Waters, that shows off some of the versatility of her voice to work the song. With the cello being the lead instrument the deeper darker tones are predominate and at times give an ominous tone to the song, though she demonstrates that when she wishes for, or the song calls for it, she came get that brooding, menacing and threatening tone to where there is no ambiguity. Most of the lyrics deal with loss, love and pining for what isn't to be realized. Yet there are times where her delivery is rocking and very impassioned, and that combined with the rich and lush cello sound make for an interesting listen.
There is almost a jazzy, folk/rock feel to the disc, mainly due to the production by both Miller and Tom Eaton. Eaton also is the percussion player here, and there should be note also of Steve Bankuti, the drummer; as both do a wonderful job of staying out of the way, while at the same time giving Miller tremendous support, and a base for her songs to realize themselves and come to fruition. As good and provoking as her voice is, it is on the instrumental pieces that she really shines; there are three instrumentals and each is as different as horses to birds to centipedes. To these ears she really shines as a magician with that cello. A very interesting and thought provoking disc that deserves some good listening time.
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